Happy Boxing Day everyone! To keep your eyes entertained as you recover on the sofa, Elspeth De Montes (AzureBrick) has a festive review for you from the LEGO® Creator Expert Winter Village theme.
This set is part of the ‘Winter Village’ theme that are released in time for
- 2009: 10199 Winter Village Toy Shop
- 2010: 10216 Winter Village Bakery
- 2011: 10222 Winter Village Post Office
- 2012: 10229 Winter Village Cottage
- 2013: 10235 Winter Village Market
- 2014: 10245 Santa’s Workshop
- 2015: 10249 Winter Toy Shop (a re-released version of 10199 from 2009)
In the Box
The box comes with bags numbered 1 to 3 and oddly the instructions are split into 2 booklets. The smaller, thinner booklet is for the minifigures, micro-build toys, presents, boarding platform bench and lamppost, while the other larger instruction booklet is for the train. I did wonder if this was to give the younger builders something to keep them occupied while the over-enthusiastic parents could build the main model…maybe I am a little too cynical.
Alternatively purchasing a PF-enabled set like LEGO City 60051 High-Speed Passenger Train (RRP £99.99 but often reduced by 20-30% on sites such as Amazon) is an option as it has all the parts required.
Also within the box are 16 sections of curved track, which allows a circular track of about 65cm diameter to be built. I imagine that those who want to set this up as part of a larger Winter Village display will want more track and in particular some straight track but for the purposes of pushing the train around manually then this allows a good reach.
New Elements and RecoloursThis set is rather short of new elements or new colours of existing elements. I fact there are no new moulds in this set so we can move swiftly on to the two new colours of existing elements.
The red Bogie Plate 4x6 has been previously seen in both Bright Yellow [TLG]/Yellow [BL] (five sets including 60051 High-Speed Passenger Train, mentioned above) and Black (10233 Horizon Express). The bogie plate is visible in the completed model as it sits within the engine, so it is good to see that effort was made with the colour, one is supplied with the set.
There are two Dark Green 1x4 bows supplied and these form the curved central portion of the train’s engine to provide a touch nicer appearance than the alternative of using four of the Brick W. Bow 1x1x1⅓.
And that’s it for new elements. Should we all go home now? Well, maybe I can interest you further in some other parts in this set…
Notable ElementsI thought I would also mention a couple of other elements that are worth highlighting due to being semi-exclusive to this set.
Six are supplied with this set and these window frames are notable as they are only present in one other set at the moment, the rather pricey 10253 Big Ben which has a whopping 18.
Eight are supplied with this set and form the seasonal decorations on the outside of the tender and guard’s van. At present the only other set with these white small limb elements is 41068 Arendelle Castle Celebration, which has four. The White limbs are worth highlighting as the element is commonly used for making trees and I can imagine these being used for winter scenes. Perhaps using the White ones could be considered an efficient way to add snow to a tree.
These lovely train engine wheels are another good aesthetic colour choice for the Winter Holiday train with one set of the three wheels supplied. The alternative, black, would have been far less effective with the green, gold and red colour theme of this set. These red wheels are actually found in a retired set from 2010, 7597 Western Train Chase, which has two.
Printed ElementsImportantly, this set has NO stickers but there is not much in the way of printed elements either. In my opinion, the only printed part of note is Medium Stone Grey [TLG]/Light Bluish Gray [BL] Flat Tile 1x1 No.166 (Element ID 6142309 | Design ID 25700). This is the ‘keypad’ tile and is used on the chest of the mini robot toy. This tile is in 76048 Iron Skull Sub Attack and 60150 Pizza Van.
This little keypad is quite cool and I have a few of these printed tiles in my collection that I was considering using for coded entry security doors, a safe keypad, maybe part of a console or a biolab with a fridge that had Level 4 viruses inside… I haven’t actually used them yet but I’m sure I will.
All that glitters is Warm Gold [TLG]/Pearl Gold [BL]Thanks to the colour scheme in this set, there is a plethora of Warm Gold parts supplied: 11 different elements with a combined part count of 79 (not counting spares).
While none of these elements are particularly rare or unusual, it was nice to get a couple of the Plate 1x1 w/3.2 Shaft/1.5 Hole ‘nipple’ (Element ID 6126113 | Design ID 20482) and the Shaft 3M Ø3.2 (Element ID 6093529 | Design ID 17715).
Being a New Elementary review, I am not going to describe every step of the build in this set, there are plenty of other reviews that do this but I did build the set, play with it and ponder over it a fair bit. What I will say now is that my favourite parts of this set are built in Instruction booklet 1 - the little toys!
The selection of micro toys are adorable and very clever, especially the fire engine and the tiny clockwork car. I hardly ever see roller-skates actually used as minifigure roller-skates any more!
So, as mentioned, booklet 1 covers the accoutrements in this set, including most of the minifigures. Here we have the train driver/engineer, the train guard, girl, boy and granny.
Poor granny gets to sit on the rather austere platform bench in the freezing cold waiting for her grandchildren to arrive. Fear not, the kind LEGO designer has appropriated Penguin’s torso with its fur-collared jacket with white gloves to keep her cosy. Black Mini Upper Part No. 2488 (Element ID 6055298 | Design ID 76382) from set 76010 Batman The Penguin Face off.
We begin with the engine, a straightforward build that starts with the rear portion of the engine and then onto the front ‘drive’ portion with the bogey allowing movement between the two.
It does have the appearance of a toy engine for taking children around in rather than a huge steam engine for delivering children to their granny who lives in the Winter Village up in the mountains.
The revolving mechanism is actually very simple. I mean this is a compliment as simple means effective and functional in the LEGO world. A worm gear is placed on the wheel’s axle and this rotates a smaller gear to which the Christmas tree is attached, thus rotating as the carriage moves.
designer video gives a great demonstration of the rotating tree in action.
Did anyone else notice that there is no covering on the flatbed wagon’s wheels? It looks a bit odd since the engine, guard's van and tender all use the Black Motorbogie, Ornament (Element ID 4493326 | Design ID 2871). Perhaps there is a ‘drag’ issue or something else in the train physics department that I am not aware of.
Finally we have the caboose/guard's van depending on whether you prefer the American English or the Proper UK English name. Again this is a straightforward 'add one piece to the next' build which results in a somewhat gypsy-caravan-saloon-looking guard’s van.
Finishing UpThe 16 curved tracks are fitted together to make the circular track, the tender has its retro-connection to the engine whilst the rest of the connections use Black Train Buffer 2 (Element ID 6125770 | Design ID 91994) and click together with majestic magnetism. Voila…that is the Winter Holiday Train complete.
I mentioned adding Power Functions; sadly I need 88002 Train Motor but it’s on back order at LEGO.com so I can’t power my train yet, apart from giving it a push by hand. In a way this is better as it feels more like a toy train than a fast intercontinental winter express!
I am still concerned about the lack of coal in the tender, but have realised that the spares could come in useful…
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